Overs 70s now eligible for new boiler scheme

As part of the Boiler Replacement Scheme, over 70s and people who receive a Lone Pensioner Allowance in Northern Ireland will now be offered grants for a new boiler if they meet certain criteria.

To be eligible though, your boiler must be at least 15-years-old and then you’ll receive £1,500 towards a new, energy efficient one. The Boiler Replacement Scheme has a £2 million budget.

The idea is for the scheme to help vulnerable households, especially older people who don’t qualify for other energy efficiency schemes. Around 1,330 homes should be helped with the scheme.

Stormont Housing Minister Nelson McCausland was responsible for widening the criteria and is encouraging people to take advantage while they can.

He said: “I welcome the opportunity to widen the scope for this pilot scheme to include many more vulnerable people.

“Our elderly are among those experiencing the worst effects of fuel poverty and the money set aside for this scheme is being targeted first on those who are most vulnerable.”

However, this only came about after a debate on how the scheme could be extended. A number of people called on Nelson McCausland to find a way that the scheme could reach out to those in need.

But Mr McCausland said: “The project was introduced as part of the ‘Warmer Homes’ initiative for people over 60 years of age and in receipt of a pension. It will be available to 1,300 vulnerable households.

“This is a very important scheme as research has found that over 70% of home heating boilers are inefficient.

“This leads to people having to burn more fuel to stay warm increasing significantly the cost for many people to heat their homes.”

The boiler scrappage scheme has finished in England, Scotland and Wales and all the available funds have been drained.

However, there are government funds available for those looking to make their home more energy efficient. And with the Green Deal launching next year, you’ll be able to receive loans for boilers, double glazing and loft lagging.


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